Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Training Wheels - Bitter, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Watching my daughter lap up plain yogurt always impresses me.  She loves the stuff.  Sometimes I stud it with berries or drizzle some honey over the top for fun, but all in all she loves plain, sometimes pretty sour yogurt.

That got me to thinking about my friend Lluvia, who loves cabbage, uses lime on just about everything, and practically drinks (no, she actually drinks) the juice that seeps out of a salad she makes of cucumber, grapefruit, lime juice and Tapatillo sauce... yes, chili sauce.  These flavors are so foreign to me.  Bitter, sour components have never been something I can tolerate too well, but then I never really ate them when I was a kid.  She did.

So when I think about how I'm raising and feeding my daughter, I realize that I would like for her to experience all of these flavors and maybe, just maybe, be more open to them, unlike her mama.  I liken it to a twenty-one year old taking their first sip of Cognac.  At first it's robust odor of alcohol and hot sensation that sweeps down the back of the throat can be a real turn off.  But with exposure and education, the subtleties of the drink become familiar and welcome. 

Let's see what happens with cabbage.  What better place to start?  ;-)

Mom's Tip
I've said it before and I'll say it again, give your kids food.  Don't assume that they won't like it, and please, PLEASE, let them decide if they like it or not.  If you wrinkle your nose they'll be skeptical and their opinion may be biased. 

And another thing...
Here's a fun article about Bitter, Sour, Salty, Sweet


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